WorkforceNOW

Highly-educated, specialized and diverse—our workforce is engaged in competitive industries. Whether it is engineering, construction, healthcare, professional services, business or management, we’re using our skills to build and maintain the region’s momentum. We’re succeeding in AltoonaNow.


Educational Attainment Altoona Greater Des Moines Region
High School Graduate or Higher 10,767 N/A 120,478 N/A
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 3,421 N/A 39,178 N/A
Educational Attainment 25+
Less than 9th Grade 73 0.6% 10,401 7.5%
Some High School, no diploma 521 4.6% 8,502 6.1%
High School Graduate (or GED) 3,414 30.1% 39,128 28.1%
Some College, no degree 2,684 23.6% 28,285 20.3%
Associate Degree 1,248 11.0% 13,887 10.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 2,551 22.5% 26,782 19.2%
Professional School Degree 870 7.7%  12,296  8.9%
Employment Data
Labor Force 9,741 74.6% 508,393 72.1%
Occupation by Industry Altoona Greater Des Moines Region
Architect / Engineer 227 2.3% 1,398 1.2%
Arts / Entertainment / Sports 132 1.3% 2,558 2.3%
Building Grounds Maintenance 141 1.4% 4,968 4.4%
Business / Financial Operations 983 10.0% 6,981 6.2%
Community / Social Services 134 1.4% 1,992 1.8%
Computer / Mathematical 498 5.1% 4,505 4.0%
Construction / Extraction 385 3.9% 6,782 6.0%
Education / Training / Library 535 5.5% 4,823 4.3%
Farms / Fishing / Forestry 9 0.1% 422 0.4%
Food Preparation / Serving 405 4.1% 6,301 5.6%
Health Practitioner / Technical 498 5.1% 3,250 2.9%
Healthcare Support 347 3.5% 4,906 4.4%
Maintenance Repair 265 2.7% 2,784 2.5%
Legal 71 1.38% 1,401 1.2%
Life / Physical / Social Science 10 0.7% 727 0.6%
Management 917 9.4% 8,443 7.5%
Office / Administrative Support 1,228 12.5% 14,268 12.7%
Production 529 5.4% 9,837 8.7%
Protective Services 159 1.6% 1,500 1.3%
Sales / Related 1,158 11.8% 10,958 9.7%
Personal Care / Service 386 3.9% 4,821 4.3%
Transportation / Moving 480 4.9% 3,507 3.1%